Former Boy Scouts Reunite at Old Camp Ground

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Former Boy Scouts from central and southern Virginia took a trip down memory lane Sunday. The Piedmont Area Council of Boy Scouts of America held a reunion in Nelson County for the first time in 45 years.

The reunion was held at the Boy Scouts' old camp site, Camp Monocan, which is now Lake Monocan Clubhouse in Nellysford, Virginia. The camp ran from 1948 to 1971.

Former campers and staff say it feels great to be back after so many years."It's really a great opportunity to relive old times," former camp staff member Charlie Shaeff said.

Harold Tate, a former camp staff member says what was known as Camp Monocan from 1948 to 1971 still feels like home."Camp Monocan holds deep, deep recollections and memories." 

Members got together for their first reunion since the camp closed.

One former camp staff member, known as “Mountain Man,” made newspaper headlines in the ‘60s for the unique lessons on wilderness survival he taught to children.

"If they would qualify to go spend a night on the mountain with Mountain Man, then they would learn different scouting skills,” Bill Callahan, reunion organizer and former camper, said.

Skills that helped Tate find an almost 40-year career as a professional scouter with the Boy Scouts of America. "[I’ve been] living happily ever since," he said.

Camp members also got to take a tour of the camp site. They say being a part of the Boy Scouts really touched all of their lives.

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